Introducing "Just like Eve"

Breaking from its traditional non-fiction format, whispers of mystery is currently following Karina’s fictional novel, Just like Eve. Karina began the themes explored here in 2008, in a non-fiction book she titled The Feminine Mystery, alluding to Betty Frieden’s 1963 classic, The Feminine Mystique, which explores what Frieden calls “the problem that has no name” -- a problem Karina believes is Eve’s second curse to desire her (earthly) man, not sexually, but as a completion to her. Realizing her discoveries were too controversial for non-fiction, Karina decided to clothe her message in fiction. For years, she tried many story-lines and faced much writer’s block. In late 2017, she birthed Just like Eve, mixing the main storyline with a backdrop she could write about with her own sport of tennis.

Storyline: Heroine Jasmine, 32, is judged several times in life for being "just like Eve," first in 5th grade for asking off-limits questions, like why Noah let God drown the world. Now she's judged again with the same "just like Eve" line. She and 30 year old Davie are both married to others, are USTA mixed doubles partners, attend the same church for which Davie is the youth pastor, fall for one another, and act on it. They seek accountability from the church leadership and it backfires. The church can't handle it. Jasmine is kicked out of church, thought to be a temptress. But was she? And what about Eve? And what might Eve really stand for? Jasmine is on a quest . . .

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

In the beginning the Ancient Story was under-told

In the beginning the Ancient Story was under-told.  Subtleties to be captured, then awed upon, went lost.  Then the Ancient Story was summarized, translated, and further under-told.

            It may be useful to reflect upon the Ancient Story as “under-told.”  That it was under-told is not to suggest that few told the Story or that the Story was rarely told.  No, nothing could be further from the truth, for many told the Story, and they told it often, but when they told it, they under-told it.  And by under-telling it, they eventually mis-told it.

            In the beginning the Ancient Story was under-told for a purpose.  It was under-stated, subtle, sublime, and mysterious.  In subtlety, the Ancient Story guarded its deepest secrets.  Sages meditated in awe for hours upon a single nuance, a single word, even a single letter.  Regular story-tellers, meanwhile, missed the sublime and carried the Story forward in its abridged version.  They summarized the Ancient Story, then further under-told it, then they translated their summaries, and then under-told it even more.

            Eventually, in their under-tellings, and summaries of under-tellings, and translations of summaries of under-tellings, they lost the punch lines.  Some of the story-tellers wondered what the punch lines were, and they debated among themselves about what the punch lines may have been.  But many of the story-tellers didn’t know they had lost any of the punch lines, and they kept under-telling the Ancient Story without any pauses or musings about why the Story was missing its punch lines.  Still others, whether conscious or not, one cannot know, perceived the punch lines were missing, and they added their own.  Now the Ancient Story was both under-told and mis-told.

Some of the Sages tried to rescue the Ancient Story from the story-tellers, and they tried to correct some of the errors had that arisen.  But the story-tellers hated the Sages, and they slandered the Sages and spat lies against them and called them every manner of rogue and scoundrel.  The story-tellers roused the people against the Sages, and they called for the murder of the Sages, and the people complied, and they killed the Sages.

In the beginning the Ancient Story was under-told.  In the beginning “the” was the Alpha and the Omega.  In the beginning God created “the” heavens and the earth.  In the beginning “the” was Aleph-Tav, the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last.  In the beginning God created the Alpha and the Omega, the heavens and the earth.


In the beginning the masculine and feminine powers – in plural, “Elohim,” created the Alpha and the Omega.  “Beginning” created “Elohim,” the Alpha and the Omega, the heavens and the earth.  In the beginning the Ancient Story was under-told.

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